The shooting of a Port Orange man Saturday night “…was not a random act” according to Port Orange Public Safety Director Gerald M. Monahan, Jr. In an updated press release Monday though, the Director said that no clear motive has been established yet in the shooting of 46-year old Kanwaljit Singh while he drove over the Port Orange Bridge Saturday night. The Director said there was “…no previous confrontation between the occupants of either vehicle verbally or otherwise.” However, since Singh is an Indian and “…an observant Sikh distinguished by a beard and turban…” the FBI has been advised of the case as a possible hate crime.
Truck sought in investigation
The Director also emphasized that police are still looking for the dark-colored, late 80s to early 90s, Ford F-150 pickup truck from which shots were said to be fired at Singh Saturday, and noted that the truck had a “FORD” logo on the side of the truck bed, located above the wheel well, with striping above and below the decal. The truck is also said to have a chrome handle on its tailgate. Police are asking the public to notify them if they have information about the truck, by calling Port Orange Police Detective Jeff Wenzel at 386-506-5884.
Singh reported being shot in the upper thigh and left lower torso as he drove over the Port Orange Bridge shortly before midnight Saturday, and underwent surgery at Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach. He was reported to be in critical but stable condition following surgery. His 13-year old son was also in the car at the time of the incident, but was not injured.
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